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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

In a whirlwind few hours, President Biden and former President Trump have upended the traditional presidential debates " and moved to box out RFK Jr.



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"Biden's campaign announced this morning it wouldn't take part in fall debates by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. It offered one-on-one debates with Trump in June and September, with no studio audience and microphones that could be cut.

Trump immediately accepted, telling Salem Media radio host Hugh Hewitt he'll debate with any moderator.

Biden and Trump accepted a CNN invite for a debate on June 27, the two candidates said this morning. That's before either party has its national convention to officially pick presidential nominees.

The Trump campaign then proposed extra debates in July and August.

RFK Jr. then accused the two campaigns of "colluding" against his campaign to "avoid discussion of their eight years of mutual failure."

Trump and Biden then accepted invites from ABC News for a debate on Sept. 10.

Zoom in: The campaigns have agreed to no audience for the CNN debate, but they're still negotiating on how to handle cutting off microphones.

The Trump and Biden campaigns recently held back-channel conversations about cutting the commission out of the process, the Washington Post reports.

The bottom line: RFK Jr. had a real chance at making the presidential debate stage for the traditional fall debates, but could be cut out by the moved-up timelines of the new contests.

CNN's rules say a candidate needs four polls at 15% and they have to be on the ballot in enough states to secure 270 electoral votes.

Kennedy recently scored one poll at 16%, CNN's Harry Enten pointed out earlier this week.
Kennedy is on the ballot in four states, with ongoing efforts in 38 more."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-15 12:15 PM | Reply

Thunderdome at the Old Folks Home.

June 27th on CNN

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-05-15 12:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

" radio host Hugh Hewitt "

An old, washed up has-been.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-15 12:27 PM | Reply

Will Donald Trump invite Hannibal Lecter to be his guest?

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2024-05-15 12:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Catering at Mar-uh-Lardo provided by the late, great Hannibal Lecter, king of cannibalistic cuisine and Chianti connoisseurship.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-05-15 12:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Junior K may get some sympathy support from being left out.

Crazy as he is, I'd vote for him twice before voting for Trump; he's not likely to break the Constitution.

Plus, it would be entertaining, which, I feel, is what Biden lacks in today's distraction-based electorate.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-15 01:04 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis

Don't forget the fava beans LOL

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2024-05-15 01:07 PM | Reply

I have an idea: "The Gong Show"

Fact checker on site.

Yes, to oath to tell the truth.

Yes, to microphones.

Yes, to audience.

Stormy Daniels as host.

Giant "Gong" on stage.

First one to lie gets "The Hook."

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-05-15 01:10 PM | Reply

Presidential "debates" have become more theater than anything substantial over the past couple of decades. Not that that I think this one will be any different, but the Commission on Presidential Debates wasn't doing a very good job.

#9 | Posted by qcp at 2024-05-15 01:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


I agree with that. That's why I suggested a plan to spice it up with a little comedy. Everybody enjoys a good laugh.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-05-15 01:28 PM | Reply

Although it might take a hitch of Budweiser Clydesvilles to get Trump off the stage.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-05-15 01:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Are microphones going to be cut if the speaker tells a blatant lie?

That's the only way anyone should debate trump.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2024-05-15 03:25 PM | Reply

Combine Ivermectin Man hiding his COVIDity at a Biden debate and his "Every Breath You Take" creepiness following an old lady around on a stage in front of humans at another debate, chain the bastard's ankle to the lectern so when they cut the mic he chews his way loose.

#13 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-05-15 03:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Put Fat Donnie Loser in Hannibal's touring rig.

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-15 04:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The 300 lb sack of Putin's ball snot will back out because he's a ginormous coward.

#15 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-05-16 12:28 AM | Reply

Thunderdome at the Old Folks Home.


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#16 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2024-05-16 07:06 AM | Reply

Why did it take Biden 5 takes to utter 51 words? I think Trump should take on the debate rules Biden proposed but require Biden to take a drug test 12 hours before and 1 hour before the debate. If he can't pass it Trump should walk.

#17 | Posted by Bluewaffles at 2024-05-16 11:13 AM | Reply

Waddle.... dead ducks don't walk.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-16 11:16 AM | Reply

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